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xSnoofovich
26-08-2010, 10:13
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100825/ap_on_re_eu/eu_russia_putin_whales

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin fired darts from a crossbow at a gray whale off Russia's Far Eastern coast on Wednesday in the latest in a series of man-versus-nature stunts designed to cultivate the image of a macho leader.

Putin held his balance in a rubber boat that was being tossed around in choppy waters off the Kamchatka Peninsula, and eventually hit the whale with a special arrow designed to collect skin samples.

"I hit it at the fourth try!" a beaming Putin, kitted out in black-and-orange waterproof suit and black beanie, yelled to a camera crew from the boat.

A biologist with him displayed the skin sample and said it would allow experts to determine where the whale came from.

When the boat skidded onto the beach, a bouyant Putin hopped off and made a beeline for waiting reporters. Clearly in his element, Putin replied jovially to a question as to whether the endeavor was dangerous.

"Living in general is dangerous," he quipped. Asked why he got involved, he simply said, "Because I like it. I love the nature."

But nature may be under threat by a seismic survey being conducted nearby by Russia's top oil company, Rosneft. The International Fund for Animal Welfare released a statement on Wednesday condemning the 2-month, pre-drilling survey as potentially damaging to the gray whales. In the course of exploration, oil companies use seismic air guns and other sources to produce pulses of acoustic energy through the water. Scientists say this is damaging to much marine life, and the timing is bad for the whales, which are currently in a narrow feeding window to store fat for the entire year.

Putin, meanwhile, during his eight years as president and the past two as prime minister, has learned to use television to cultivate the image of a rugged leader beloved by the Russian people.

His mastery of the medium has been on full display in recent weeks as he has taken command of efforts to extinguish the wildfires that swept across much of western Russia and to help the thousands of people who lost their homes.

The message has been that it is Putin, rather than his junior co-leader President Dmitry Medvedev, who is equipped to look after Russia, its people and environment. Putin has been canny about his plans to run in the 2012 presidential election, but has excluded running against Medvedev, saying the two will come to an agreement. Whatever the decision, his action-man lifestyle shows he is not about to recede from public view.

He has been photographed fishing bare-chested in Russia's Altai region, and was shown on television diving into an icy river and swimming the butterfly stroke.

In April he attached a satellite-tracking collar on a tranquilized polar bear. He also has shot a Siberian tiger with a tranquilizer gun and released leopards into a wildlife sanctuary.

trancophile
26-08-2010, 10:37
Meanwhile Mevedev is at his desk pushing paper and looking at the clock every 10 seconds.

TolkoRaz
26-08-2010, 10:39
Meanwhile Mevedev is at his desk pushing paper and looking at the clock every 10 seconds.

:D

Benedikt
26-08-2010, 22:21
:D

the next prez is supposed to be a 'bald one' :AngelPray:once more. besides VV who has no or little hair and is election material?

ReallyGreatConcerts
26-08-2010, 22:26
the next prez is supposed to be a 'bald one' :AngelPray:once more. besides VV who has no or little hair and is election material?


http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40403000/jpg/_40403901_lukashenko203b.jpg
(in his insane dreams)

waxyweller
26-08-2010, 22:27
Oooooh i love that man... He knows how to enjoy life without caring about what people will say or do.. Kill all the Whales Putin , Invite me for Dinner..Would love to taste Whale meat:lovepot:

TolkoRaz
26-08-2010, 22:56
What would have been far more interesting and newsworthy would have been if the Whale had fired a dart at PootyPoot! ;)

Benedikt
26-08-2010, 23:50
Oooooh i love that man... He knows how to enjoy life without caring about what people will say or do.. Kill all the Whales Putin , Invite me for Dinner..Would love to taste Whale meat:lovepot:
or maybe read it up on the net.
VV did not KILL a whale,neither did the other scientists.
they only wanted to find out if this were wales that came from around THAT part of the world or if it were whales that came from South America /for lunch/ as he said. this was a strictly scientific operation and of course a PR feast. but not at any time were there any wales to be killed.

Benedikt
26-08-2010, 23:53
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40403000/jpg/_40403901_lukashenko203b.jpg
(in his insane dreams)

BUT Batushka pays the pensions on time, has no unemployment, no gastarbeiters, a good spin-team could amke it stick here in Russia..

xSnoofovich
27-08-2010, 00:36
but not at any time were there any wales to be killed.

sadly enough !

just last week i was asked to have some nerpa shashleek !

ReallyGreatConcerts
27-08-2010, 00:40
BUT Batushka pays the pensions on time, has no unemployment, no gastarbeiters, a good spin-team could amke it stick here in Russia..

No unemployment, no gastarbeiteren because no-one is crazy enough to go there, no political opposition, no human rights...

He has missed a real commercial opportunity - open Belarus as a theme-park called Soviet-Land.

xSnoofovich
27-08-2010, 09:50
open Belarus as a theme-park called Soviet-Land.

lol !

IGIT
27-08-2010, 12:37
In other news, a dog ran across the street yesterday and survived. :plane: